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Sports Columns

Academies should be high in our thoughts

Focus is a big thing when it comes to football, as well as life. If you lose it on the gridiron, chances are you’re going to lose on the scoreboard. Last weekend, now-No. 10 Michigan lost its focus, but in the end, the Wolverines got lucky and improved their record to 2-0. Almost ...

Academies should be high in our thoughts

Focus is a big thing when it comes to football, as well as life. If you lose it on the gridiron, chances are you’re going to lose on the scoreboard. Last weekend, now-No. 10 Michigan lost its focus, but in the end, the Wolverines got lucky and improved their record to 2-0. Almost ...

Black Hole growing rapidly

The Black Hole continues to grow larger. That’s what a fan section of the Oakland Coliseum (now RingCentral Coliseum) where the Raiders play is called. It’s also commonly used to describe the Raiders’ usually rabid fans. Nowadays, it’s not just a way to describe Oakland fans, but ...

Just trying to survive the early going in the NFL predictions business

Known as a notorious slow starter, I always have to have a new strategy to try to stop this trend. So let’s go with the easiest strategy — none at all. I made all my picks in about 45 seconds based on last year’s reputations mixed in with a little knowledge of what’s happened in ...

Athletes are people, too

What do you do when you lose passion for the job that you love? That’s a question many of us will ask ourselves at some point in our lives. You might have gone to school, earned an expensive degree, and after years of effort, you finally land a dream job. However, eventually you get worn ...

Baseball made up of dreams and nightmares

When I look at baseball right now, it seems to be full of dreams and nightmares. Not much in between. If you’re a Detroit Tigers fan, it is the nightmares. The Tigers are awful, potentially legendarily awful. What makes it worse, though, is that players who have left the franchise have ...

Is this heaven? Yep, it’s Iowa

Where is your field of dreams? For some, it’s a classic ballpark like Wrigley Field or Fenway Park. Others, it’s maybe a newer, modern stadium like Target Field, Miller Park or Camden Yards. As great as all those facilities are, especially Wrigley and Target since I grew up a fan of the ...

Could be a long year for Packers fans

When you grow up like I did as a Minnesota Vikings fan, you get used to heartbreaking defeat. At this point, I’ve grown almost numb to them as it’s happened so often over the years. In fact, even if my team were predicted to win the Super Bowl in February, I’d chuckle and I wouldn’t ...

Get ready for disappointment Lions fans

If there’s any NFL fanbase that’s used to disappointment, it’s the Detroit Lions. Zero Super Bowl appearances, zero NFC North Division titles since the division was created in 2002, and only one NFC playoff victory since 1957. Yeah, it’s hard to find a team with a more depressing ...

Spartans, Wolverines look to soar

It’s still the middle of summer and the height of the Major League Baseball season, but by the end of this week, America’s pastime will be shoved to the backburner of the sports landscape. That’s because NFL training camps began a couple days ago and NCAA Division I football practices ...

Arenas may be gone, but not memories

Two iconic sporting venues in the Detroit area will soon be no more. Joe Louis Arena in downtown Detroit is already on the receiving end of the wrecking ball and the Palace of Auburn Hills, out in that suburb, is currently awaiting its impending doom. And probably far sooner than it expected. ...

Upper Peninsula great for sports

It’s summertime and that can be a time for mixed feelings for sports writers. On the plus side, the weather is nice and you have more free time to relax. The negative side is that there’s not a lot going on in the world of sports and you can get stuck coming up with topics for feature ...

Finding a way into Lambeau

Two years ago, I went on an amazing journey. Like Frodo Baggins from Lord of the Rings, I embarked to a place that was unappealing and intimidating, but it was necessary that I completed my adventure. That place was Green Bay, Wisconsin. As I said in my column back in 2017, growing up ...

Baseball team makes Wolverines proud

Once you get to the college level, moral victories rarely exist in sports. It’s all about the final outcome, whether you win or lose. That’s the only thing that is supposed to matter when the buzzer sounds. However, when it comes to the Michigan baseball team, they do have something to ...

It’s time to give U.S. women’s soccer what it deserves

One of the most common complaints once summer arrives is that there’s nothing to watch on TV. The NBA and NHL seasons are over and now, the only thing to tune into is Major League Baseball and that season lasts for months. As much as I love baseball, I’ll admit that the games don’t ...

It’s time to give U.S. women’s soccer what it deserves

One of the most common complaints once summer arrives is that there’s nothing to watch on TV. The NBA and NHL seasons are over and now, the only thing to tune into is Major League Baseball and that season lasts for months. As much as I love baseball, I’ll admit that the games don’t ...

Can Michigan baseball also defy the odds?

Earlier this week, the St. Louis Blues defied the odds. On January 3, they had the worst record in the NHL, and by logic, should’ve been wiped out from the Stanley Cup playoff picture. However, as we all know now, the Blues turned their fortunes around and made the postseason. St. Louis ...

International stage demands top effort

The United States is off and running in the Women’s World Cup soccer tournament after a 13-0 drubbing of Thailand on Tuesday. The Americans started their World Cup title defense in dominating fashion, while Thailand, appearing in only its second World Cup, received a rude awakening to begin ...

What would the Cup mean to St. Louis?

Of all the great American sports cities, St. Louis is on the borderline. There are some who love the city and the passion of its fans, but there are also those who don’t necessarily hate it, but don’t understand the hype and can see the city for its flaws. I’m right on the borderline ...

Think twice before making Mount Everest climb

If there’s a list of incredible human accomplishments, climbing Mount Everest is probably near the top. The feat used to be deemed unachievable for years and rightfully so. To climb the highest point on Earth, a person takes on heavy risks, including low oxygen levels, high-altitude edema, ...